The easiest way to make interesting and unique jewelry is to use uncommon materials. One source of materials that often goes overlooked is a computer. Inside a computer you can find a wide array of objects that can make a compelling piece of jewelry. Since computers are constantly updating, it is usually easy to find old hardware to take apart. Also each computer that you disassemble will likely have different parts that you can use.

In this instructable, I am going to show you the basic steps of how to turn computer parts into jewelry.

Step 1: Useful Tools

Jewelry making is much easier if you have the appropriate tools. Here are a few tools that are particularly useful when making jewelry from computer parts.

Screw Driver Set
The parts of a computer are useless if you can't get to them. When opening up a computer you will need a wide variety of screw drivers. Most fasteners on a computer will have a Phillips head. However, a hard drive will often have special security fasteners such as torx (star) heads. This may require a security bit set. 

Soldering Iron
Occasionally you will need to remove a part or two. The easiest way to cleanly remove electrical parts from a circuit board is use a soldering iron to de-solder them. If you want, you can also use a solder sucker or solder wick to help remove any excess solder.

Needle Nose Pliers
Electrical parts can be very small and difficult to handle. So I recommend using needle nose pliers when working with them. The teeth of a pair of pliers can easily dent or scratch an object. So if you do not have toothless needle nose pliers, you should wrap the teeth with tape.

Wire Cutters
To cut wires from a component, you will want a pair of wire cutters. Wire cutters with a small tip are much easier to work with is the narrow spaces of a computer. In a pinch you can also use a small pair of scissors.

Hand Drill
When making jewelry, you often need to drill holes for chains or jump rings. Unfortunately a power drill is extremely difficult to make precise holes with. So I recommend using a hand drill. With this tool you manually turn the bit to cut the hole. This process is slower but you have much more control. If you don't have a hand drill, you can wrap a drill bit in tape to make it easier to handle.

File Set
Anything that you will be wearing as jewelry needs to have a smooth edge. So it is always a good idea to round off any rough edges with a fine toothed file. Files also let you do precise shaping of a piece.

Jeweler's Saw (or Coping Saw)
Computer parts can be fragile. So if you need to cut them, you should use a fine toothed saw such as a jeweler's saw or a coping saw. This kind of saw leaves a much smoother edge that is easier to finish.

<p>that is so cool</p>
<p>Welp, better start a trend.</p><p>Hey girl, I'll be your computer if you be my monitor.</p>
<p>If anyone, has remaining intact parts that they are looking to get rid of please contact me, @ louis.kleinkauf@gmail.com</p>
<p>These are really neat! It is true there can be many harmful chemicals on the surface of these parts especially the lead solder or the solder flux residue. One easy solution though is to scrub with a toothbrush and some soap and water to remove flux residues then clear coat with a good acrylic clear coat. Or even better, dip coat the pieces in a two part epoxy made for jewellery and crafts. This will also give it a bright shine as well as protect the wearer.</p>
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This should never be done with anything with LEAD solder.
<p>Look for the marking RoHS (Check Wikipedia for more detailed info!) to protect yourself from this health threat.</p>
<p>I volunteer at a 501(c)(3) (www.thebuddyproject.net/&lrm;) that provides PC's &amp; training for free use of folks on the Autism Spectrum in Central Maryland where often I do recycling &amp; I get to keep some small bits. The cross shaped write head from a floppy drive is something I noticed had a resemblance to the religious icon. I trim the flexible power lead &amp; remove the write head pointy segment at the rivets leaving a smooth squared off bottom &amp; run a head pin through both upper holes &amp; form an eyelet to put in a jump ring for hanging. A friend that plays bass guitar asked for a pick from the PCB, but said it was too stiff to use for playing, but likes to wear it as a decoration. I've used the whole &quot;Arc Reactor&quot; board (After removing the gray steel cover) looking stator winding as a &quot;Steam Punk&quot; fashion accessory using odd factory holes, but drilling others as needed. A gal pal who picked up a bracelet on a trip across Europe in a German airport store that was made of resistors drilled through with a very fine bit &amp; epoxied to short silver wires formed into circles on each end to ride two rails with solid supports spaced as needed for structure. I enjoy using the high strength magnets in hard drives to hold up notes, but be very careful as sometimes your skin can be pinched by the strong magnetic attraction!</p>
<p>Ooooh I know a guy that makes this exactly!<br><br>we're from Argentina :)<br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/electronmemories.joyas?fref=ts" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/electronmemories.joyas?fr...</a></p>
<p>That's really cool. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Nail clippers are good for cutting thin wires close to the board and cheaper</p>
<p>As a technogeek, this is a wonderful idea - though I would use them as keyrings. :) Thanks for the idea.</p>
<p>Great ideas! Don't want to rain on your parade so to speak ... </p><p>BUT, if the dust is bad, then are there any hazardous materials in these PCBs? </p>
<p>Generally there are no major hazardous materials in computer circuit boards. Lead based solder has been phased out decades ago in the electronics industry, though some hobbyists might still be using it.</p><p>If you are cutting/drilling/filing the PCBs the dust might cause irritation to nose/respiratory system. PCBs are usually fibreglass or compressed &quot;paper&quot; and epoxy resin.</p><p>Electrolytic capacitors (black/blue tin cans) do have a small amount of liquid in them that can be corrosive to metals, not sure of toxicity or burning to skin. I've only seen it once it has leaked out and dried up.</p><p>Metals used (not definitive) - copper, tin, steel, stainless steel, silver, gold, nickel, possibly lead and zinc. Any of these may cause a reaction when in contact with skin and perspiration.</p><p>I'd do as onedumbtrucker suggests and epoxy coat the jewellery. It will also stop the jewellery from scratching or pricking you (some of the wire leads can be quite sharp).</p>
<p>Forgot aluminium.</p>
What a fun idea! There are so many cool parts hiding in dead electronics. If you're worried about materials touching your skin, or reacting to something, there are some great jewelry glazes out there. Any time I get a piece of jewelry that has nickel in it, I coat at least the part I'll be touching with one of Sculpey's glazes (since I already have it on hand). They make matte and glossy, depending on the look you're going for.<br><br>Extra bonus - a few coats of glaze/varnish/epoxy will smooth any sharp corners.
Good idea
Good idea ?

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